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Derrick Operators, Oil and Gas

Job Information

Rig derrick equipment and operate pumps to circulate mud through drill hole.


  • Employment is projected to decline in all sectors except coal mining.
  • While many mining jobs can be entered directly from high school, a considerable amount of job training and experience is needed before workers can perform most duties; some employers prefer graduates of high school or postsecondary programs in mining or mine technology.
  • Earnings are higher than the average for all industries.


Personality I'm hands on
Salary $45,220/yr ($22.61/hr)
Job Outlook Below Average
Education High School diploma